Was this a case of malfunctioning equipment, or young people trying to outrace a train?
That’s the question on everyone’s minds in Jacksonville, Florida this afternoon when three people had their gray Honda Accord sheared in half after an Amtrak train smashed into it at a crossing.
One of the passengers was a pregnant young woman.
The stunning event can be seen in the video above. The footage, taken from a security camera at the Metro Entertainment Complex, shows the car being hit, as well as photos of the wreckage following the accident. It’s a fast clip, so you may need to rewind to see it again.
According to News4Jax:
Stacey Peterson Jr., 21, was driving north on Willowbranch Avenue, just off Roosevelt Avenue about 10:30 a.m., when the train came through the crossing, hitting and spinning the car and ripping off the back seat and trunk. Alexandria Mincey, 26. who family members said was six-weeks pregnant, was in the back seat at the time and was thrown out of the car. The third person in the car, Edward Peterson, 35, was also hurt.
All three were taken to UF Health. Jacksonville Fire Rescue originally said their injuries were not life-threatening, and the hospital reported Mincey was in fair condition.
There were no injuries to anyone aboard the train.
The victims’ family members said that crossing arms were not down, so the driver and passengers didn’t know the train was coming. News4Jax states that video from a nearby business appears to show that the arms were indeed up at the time. However, both Amtrak and CSX — which owns the tracks where the collision occurred — are still investigating the incident.